Friday, January 19, 2018

2018 Most Anticipated Book Releases January-April

I love this time of the year, going through Goodreads and finding out what new books are up and coming from authors I love. I always find out more as the year goes on of course but it’s great to have something to look forward to. This year I’m going to split it into two posts, this one will cover January to April and the next one from April onwards. And later in the year in summer I might do another one for upcoming releases that will be announced later this year (fingers crossed for Robert Galbraith and Tana French!).

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

three things about elsie joanna cannon book coverI really enjoyed The Trouble with Goats and Sheep so I’m looking forward to seeing Joanna Cannon’s next offering. It’s about 84 year old Florence who’s fallen in her flat and while she is waiting to be rescues, begins to worry if a secret from her past has been discovered. The cover is so pretty too! 11th January

The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan

the endless beach jenny colgan book coverHaving just finish the first book in this series, The Summer Seaside Cafe, I’m really looking forward to returning to Flora and the island of Mure! Jenny Colgan’s books are perfect for the post Christmas gloominess. They just whisk you away to this cosy other world. 11th January

From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

from here to eternity caitlin doughty book coverI love Caitlin, her YouTube channel and her first book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Basically she can do no wrong in my eyes and in this book we get to see how different cultures do death as Caitlin travels around the world.A book on death sounds morbid but if this book is anything like Caitlin’s videos, all morbid-ness will be balanced with respect and humour. 25th January

Eat Up! by Ruby Tandoh

eat up! ruby tandoh book coverI really enjoyed Ruby on The Great British Bake Off and I liked her baking book Crumb too. So I was very excited to see this book. The subtitle is Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want and cover topics like fad-diets,  food crazes, advice on things like mental health and shopping tips and getting inspiration from people such as Roald Dahl and TOWIE’s Gemma. SOLD! 1st February

Almost Love by Louise O’Neill

almost love louise o'neill book coverKicking off March is Louise O’Neill’s new book Almost Love. Sarah has fallen for Matthew and is sacrificing everything for him, even if he only sees her in secret. I’m intrigued with how this story about obsessive love will unfurl. 1st March

Hero at the Fall by Alywn Hamilton

hero at the fall alwyn hamilton rebel of the sands book 3The 3rd and final book in the Rebels in the Sands series. I did like the second book but it didn’t pack the same punch as the first book and I’m hoping we’ll see a return to that in this book. Either way, I’m looking forward to wrapping up this YA fantasy with a Western twist series. 6th March

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

obsidio amie kauffman kay kristoff illuminae book 3Final book in the Illuminae trilogy, I’ve really enjoyed this sci-fi YA series. Each book has a lead male and female and we see the story from both their perspectives which has been interesting. 13th March

From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan

from a low and quiet sea donal ryan book coverWhile I have read what this is about, I don’t remember it and I don’t care to go read it again as I’m looking forward to reading this cold. I read my first Donal Ryan when I read All We Shall Know and it blew me away. I also have a back catalogue to read but for now I’m looking forward to this one. 22nd March

The Endless King by Dave Rudden

the endless king dave rudden knights of the borrowed dark3rd book in the Knights of the Borrowed Dark series, a fantastic Irish YA fantasy series set in contemporary Ireland that I’ve really been enjoying. Here’s a link to my review on book one. 22nd March

Skin Deep by Liz Nugent

skin deep liz nugent book coverI read Lying in Wait in 2016 and found it gripping and Skin Deep sounds like it’ll suck me in straight away too. As always, Nugent starts with a bang. Cordelia Russell, a posh English woman down on her luck living in Cote d’Azur for 10 years, arrives home one night from a party to find a dead body in her bedroom. I’m sure there will be plenty of twists and turns in this novel. 5th April

So much to look forward to in the upcoming months. And I’ll have another post soon for books from May onwards, some that I’m super excited about!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Top Books of 2017

2017 was a pretty good reading year for me. I read 102 books, a decrease from 2016's 129 books for a number of reasons but I think you'll agree it's still a pretty good result! Like last year, I'm splitting my top books into four categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, YA and Graphic Novels. There's always so much that I love and want to share that it's not enough for me to share my favourite fiction and non-fiction so I think this is the fairest way!

Top 5 Fiction Books 2017

Homegoing Yaa Gysai, The Heart's Invisible Furies by john Boyne, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan, After the Fire Maeve Kerrigan 6 by Jane Casey book covers

1. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. This was one I read in January and was the first book to get 5 stars. It was beautiful and you can read the full review here.

2. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. I decided to read this as it was one of the Rick O’Shea Book Club picks and it was another 5 stars. I love how it spans the entirety of Cryril Avery’s life. Review here

3. The Color Purple by Alice Walker. This was the second last book I read for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge and I didn’t think I would enjoy it before I read it but I LOVED it! And better still, it’s told in the form of letters which just tickled me as I love epistolary books.

4. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan. I’ll be honest, I picked this up on a spur of the moment at the library and thought it would be a bit whimsical like Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore but it’s darker and deeper and the mystery sucked me right in.

5. After the Fire by Jane Casey. Having read the first in the Maeve Kerrigan series in 2016, I read books 2-7 very quickly as I was just addicted to the stories and characters. After the Fire is possibly my favourite. Review here.

Honourable mentions The Break by Marian Keyes, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld and Oh My God What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen.

Top 5 Non-Fiction Books 2017

Eat sweat play by Anna Kessel, The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Claire, Girl Up by Laura Bates, Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndland, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly janelle monae taraji p henson octavia spencer book covers

1. Eat Sweat Play by Anna Kessel. Hands down this was my favourite non-fiction book of the year, all about women and sport. I read it for Book Riot Read Harder Challenge but I’ve recommended it so much since reading it. Review here.

2. The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair. A bit of an odd one, this is a book all about colour. There’s it starts with white and ends with black and all the colours in between. Each chapter is dedicated to a colour and then split into shades of that colour for 1-3 pages, talking about it’s history and social influence. I found it fascinating!

3. Girl Up by Laura Bates. By the author of Everyday Sexism, this is a book on feminism aimed more at a younger audience. I found it informative and decent place to start when it comes to feminism. Plus there’s tons of fun doodles in there too, including some vulva dancing with top hats, heels and canes!

4. Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman. A book on fonts, another niche topic, but I loved the visual element to this book and all the little games throughout it, like using different fonts for a bar and having people judge the type of establishment this is, despite the name being the same for each bar.

5. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. Disappointingly, I never got to see this at the cinema and in this case I would have preferred to watch the film and then read the book. Nevertheless, it’s all about black female mathematicians (called computers) in NASA and its precursor NACA.

Top 5 YA Books 2017

Am I Normal Yet? holly bourne book 1 spinsters club The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus, Moonrise by Sarah Crossan, Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden book covers

1. The Spinster Club series by Holly Bourne. Am I Normal Yet? is book one in Bourne’s Spinster Club series. Each of the three friends have their own book and it’s a refreshing and realistic spin on female friendships in YA, with a nice feminist twist. Reviews here

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. One of the most talked about YA books this year, all about Starr who has two versions of herself: the one at home in rough neighbourhood Garden Heights and the one at her mainly white school and how everything changes after she’s the only witness to her friend being wrongly shot by cops. Highly topical at the moment, it’s just fantastic and I highly recommend.

3. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus. Take the characters from the breakfast club, put them all in detention and then have one of them mysteriously die and you have this book. All the characters are murder suspects and each of them have something to hide. Had me hooked!

4. Moonrise by Sarah Crossan. Joe is 17 and his brother Ed is on death row. When Ed’s execution date is set, Joe heads to Texas to the town the prison is in to meet his brother for the first time in 10 years. Sarah Crossan is just a master when it comes to using such few words and getting maximum impact. Just beautiful and touching.

5. The Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden. Having won this book in a bundle from Penguin, I wrote it off based on the cover. But then I met Dave at the Irish Book Awards when it won an award and I was intrigued by the description  of the book. And it was bloody brilliant! A fun fantasy novel packed with action, it’s great for older kids up to adults. Review here.

Top 5 Graphic Novels 2017

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson, Giant Days by John Allison, Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, An Age of License by Lucy Knisley book covers

1.  The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. Hands down my favourite series I read this year, Squirrel Girl eats nuts and kicks butts!

2. Giant Days created by John Allison. I picked this up in a library in Dublin when I had time to kill and had read all 4 books available by next day. Story centres around 3 young women who quickly become friends in university and all the trials that come with that. I can’t wait to read some more

3. Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson. I enjoyed continuing this series this year, Ms Marvel is a great character!

4. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Similarly, this is another series I’ve enjoyed continuing this year and will keep picking up.

5. An Age of License by Lucy Knisley. I’ve heard a lot about Lucy Knisley before but this was the first time I got to pick up any of her books. The drawing style is cute and I’ll definitely check out more of her stuff in the future.

If you’ve read any of these books or have your own favourites for 2017 I’d love to hear about them in the comments below

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